So what do we know about them? Well, they belonged to one Henry Ruggieri, a man who was described as a “compulsive buyer” – which you’ve probably already worked out by now.
Mr Ruggieri apparently never used most of the vehicles, instead leaving them scattered around five different locations; they were recovered from barns and fields, hidden under brambles and forgotten beneath rubbish.
To ensure they weren’t stolen, Ruggieri would remove a component from each, which is why they remained there when auctioneer Henri Adam from Adam Encheres was called in late 2018 to assess the machines and arrange the sale.
Auctioneer Henri Adam and team examined and extracted all of the vehicles
In addition to the cars – of which there are 81 in total – Adam also discovered a host of vintage parts and components, ranging from body shells to doors to engines.
With the help of expert Stephane Bonoron – who described the collection as “eclectic at best” – the auctioneer set about cataloguing each and every one of the cars and components, taking photos, making estimates and, ultimately, listing it all for sale online on the Interencheres website.
You don’t find many Lamborghini Miuras lying in a field